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Geriatrics & Aging

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  • Dr. Daniel Mendelson visits with patient
  • Dr. Gillespie, Medical Director of the VA Healthcare Network of Upstate New York VISN2
  • Dr. William Hall speaks at the Annual Geriatrics Society Meeting
  • We are: Always innovating, Teamwork, Older People's Superheroes, Science of Caring, the Best Colleagues, and Person-Centered Care

Welcome from the Chief

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.Welcome to the Division of Geriatrics & Aging! Our nationally recognized Division serves as the academic home to over 40 interprofessional faculty members. Formally established as a division in 2008, Geriatrics has had a strong presence at the University of Rochester and nationally for the past 50 years. Under the leadership of nationally esteemed geriatricians including T. Franklin Williams MD, Paul Katz MD, William Hall MD and Robert McCann MD, the University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics & Aging has advanced the care of older adults in our community, nationally and internationally.  In our Division, we proudly assert that "all roads in Geriatrics lead to Rochester" as we have trained or supported the development of many of the nation's leaders in Geriatrics.

Our Division providers currently care for thousands of older adults each year spanning multiple care sites, including outpatient primary care, acute, post-acute, hospice & palliative care, home care, and long-term care. At the University of Rochester, our shared philosophy of holistic, individualized, and evidence based care produces high quality outcomes across the care continuum. Read about our mission and vision.

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.
Chief, Division of Geriatrics & Aging


Dr. Lisa Vargish Receives Department of Medicine Pilot Grant

Lisa Vargish MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine is the recipient of a 2018 Department of Medicine Education and Clinical Innovations Pilot Project Grant. Her project, entitled “Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics” will design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive curriculum targeting Interprofessional education for Geriatric Medicine Fellows and the Advance Practice Providers with whom they collaborate in geriatric care. This novel, Interprofessional education and collaborative practice curriculum in geriatrics will serve as a national model for professional academic development at multiple levels, from fellows to faculty.

Thomas Caprio MD, MPH, MSHPE Chosen as Lifespan’s Carter Catlett Williams Awardee for Excellence in Aging

Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MSHPE, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of UR Medicine Home Care and Hospice, is the 2018 recipient of the Carter Catlett Williams Award for Excellence in Aging from Lifespan. Dr. Caprio was also selected as the Associate Editor for Medical Education for the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Dallas Nelson MD chosen for Women of Excellence Award from the Rochester Business Journal

Dallas Nelson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of UR Medicine Geriatrics Group, was selected for a 2018 Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence Award. This prestigious award recognizes 34 high-achieving women for their career accomplishments, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring. The Women of Excellence awards program was created by the Rochester Business Journal to recognize women at the top of their careers who are committed to professional excellence and community service and who demonstrate the positive impact of mentoring.

Joseph Nicholas, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Named President of Highland Hospital Medical Staff

Joseph Nicholas, MD, MPH, is the new president of the Highland Hospital Medical Staff. He is working closely with other members of the medical staff leadership team, Colby Previte, MD, President-Elect, and Timothy Lum, MD, Secretary-Treasurer, to make strategic plans for the next six years. A top priority is to enhance clinician-to-clinician relationships. Several initiatives are being considered.

Daniel Mendelson MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, is Lead Medical Director of the American Geriatrics Society Co-Care Ortho

AGS CoCare Ortho is a Geriatrics-Orthopedics Co-Management model in which geriatrics professionals, or specially trained geriatrics co-managers (e.g., hospitalists) work with orthopedic surgeons to coordinate and improve the perioperative care of older adults with hip fractures. The AGS CoCare: Ortho model has been shown to reduce complications and enhance function after the older adult returns home, two goals at the heart of quality geriatrics care through its cost-effective approach.